"Terraferma," Italy's 2011 Oscar entry, will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group, which recently released "The Lady," and will open "Farewell, My Queen" July 13. "Terraferma" was directed by Emanuele Criaslese; he co-wrote with Vittorio Moroni. We caught the beautiful film last November when it opened Cinema Italian Style at the American Cinematheque, following its Venice Film Festival debut.
Synopsis and trailer are below:
Until actually confronted with having to make a life and death decision, who can know, with absolute certainty, how they will react? Set on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, “Terraferma” tells the story of two struggling, yet disparate families, whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well intentioned but illegal rescue of immigrant 'boat people', forces the individuals of the indigenous family to chose between their economic survival and doing the morally correct thing with respect to the family they've saved at sea. In the process, both families are slowly torn apart as they come to grips with the harsh reality and consequences of their actions. “Terraferma” is a small, unpretentious film with enormous dramatic impact.